ISIS Ambushes, Kills 26 Syrian Fighters in Deir Ezzor

Seven troops among pro-govt fighters slain

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ISIS carried out an ambush Monday in Deir Ezzor Province, attacking and killing 26 pro-government fighters. This included at least seven Syrian soldiers.

ISIS in Syria has mostly hidden in desert in and around Deir Ezzor, using that area as a site from which to ambush government forces. In the long run, they want to try to retake towns, but so far have not successfully done so.

ISIS seems to perform well in ambushes, but if they try to besiege a town they tend to quickly get overwhelmed by reinforcements and airstrikes, leaving open the question of if they’ll ever hold land again, or just carry out attacks from the desert.

This was the biggest attack by ISIS in Syria since December, when they killed nearly 40 troops in an attack on a bus.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.